bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, January 28, 2008

Not just another nest removal

A bees' nest has been removed in California Florida and made the news -- but beekeepers will be interested in the method. Have a look at this picture.


Friday, January 25, 2008

Unicef bee girl goes a step further

A girl from a very low-income Indian family turned to bee-keeping to make a living at age ten and and was declared the 'UNICEF girl' in 2006. Now she has been hailed as a role model by the National Council of Educational Research and Training. Anita Kushwaha is now 19 and and comes from a remote Bochaha village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. She is studying English in a women's college.


Brain swarm

New Scientist this week features swarming and compares it to a human brain activity. (You'll need a subscription for the link.)

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The perfect bee crime

Just getting back into my blogging stride after a break with an intriguing story from New Zealand where some highly technical thefts have been taking place. Not mere thefts of beehives, but thefts of the queen on brood frames leaving everything looking apparently undisturbed. South Islanders are blaming North Islanders.

A b-crime every bit as sophisticated as e-crime.


Friday, January 11, 2008

State funeral for Kiwi beekeeper

A modest 88 year-old former Kiwi beekeeper who didn't do very well at school or university, but who is a household name throughout the British Commonwealth and beyond, is to receive a state funeral in New Zealand.

Some 53 years ago, that beekeeper also happened to be the first person to climb the world's highest mountain, Everest.

Sir Edmund Hillary has died. His legacy in helping Nepalese communities lives on.